Political newcomer Graham Veysey has targeted Sandusky to become a central hub for the new 9th Congressional District.
Veysey, if elected, plans to open a congressional office somewhere in the downtown area.
“As your congressman, I will help revitalize Market Street and bring constituent service to the citizens of Erie County,” Veysey said. “My new office brings us one step closer to making downtown Sandusky a year-round business attraction.”
The new 9th Congressional District stretches from Cleveland to Toledo and hugs Lake Erie. Sandusky is geographically located about one hour from both cities.
Opening a new office — in possibly an obsolete or decrepit property — could spur a commercial renaissance throughout Sandusky, Veysey said.
“Why not be part of the solution and fill one of those storefronts to help attract people to the area?” Veysey said.
The office would employ at least a few people, and constituents would always be able to talk to someone.
“You should not only be a phone call away, but people should have the ability to walk in and have face-to-face interaction,” Veysey said.
U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo, who’s represented Erie County for the past three decades, has never opened or operated an office in Sandusky.
Veysey, Kaptur and U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Cleveland, are all vying for the Democratic nomination in the March 6 primary. The Democratic candidate receiving the most votes in March will advance to November’s general election to face Republican Steve Kraus or Samuel Wurzelbacher.
Ohio lost two congressional seats as a result of declining population determined in the 2010 U.S. Census.
Kaptur and Kucinich are long-running congressional Democrats who have been forced into a primary battle after the congressional boundaries were redrawn.
Veysey said the two don’t deserve another term in office. Both are catalysts, he said, for the $15 trillion national debt spiraling out of control and an all-time-low congressional rating.